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April 2003 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors


Comic book unit sales continued to struggle, though part of the unit sales drop related to the change in how Free Comic Book Day comics were tabulated. But Jim Lee's Batman sales began to really catch fire, pointing the way to better numbers in the summer.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the month.

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
11Batman614$2.25DC153,556
22Transformers Generation One Vol. 21$2.95Dreamwave111,666
34Ultimate Spider-Man39$2.25Marvel103,819
45Amazing Spider-Man52$2.25Marvel96,894
56New X-Men139$2.25Marvel96,249
67New X-Men140$2.25Marvel95,189
78Ultimate X-Men32$2.25Marvel90,736
89Ultimate X-Men31$2.25Marvel90,337
910Uncanny X-Men421$2.25Marvel86,744
103Uncanny X-Men422$3.50Marvel86,130
1120Wolverine189$2.25Marvel61,453
1211Daredevil46$2.99Marvel60,685
1312Daredevil45$2.99Marvel60,440
1421JLA80$2.25DC60,332
1513X-Treme X-Men24$2.99Marvel59,257
1625Avengers66$2.25Marvel58,474
1726Incredible Hulk53$2.25Marvel57,998
1827Incredible Hulk52$2.25Marvel57,845
1919Green Arrow23$2.50DC55,434
2022Green Arrow24$2.50DC53,714
2115Marvel Universe The End4$2.99Marvel52,716
2216Captain America12$2.99Marvel51,948
2317Marvel Universe The End3$2.99Marvel51,702
2435Fantastic Four68$2.25Marvel51,549
2518Mystique1$2.99Marvel47,695
2639Peter Parker Spider-Man55$2.25Marvel47,664
2748Green Lantern162$2.25DC45,345
2823G.I. Joe16$2.95Image45,268
2951Green Lantern163$2.25DC44,593
3036Wolverine Xisle1$2.50Marvel43,733
3128Transformers Armada10$2.95Dreamwave43,226
3230G.I. Joe17$2.95Image42,612
3342JSA47$2.50DC42,305
3447Spawn124$2.50Image40,846
3532Punisher24$2.99Marvel40,616
3633Punisher25$2.99Marvel40,431
3750Wolverine Xisle2$2.50Marvel40,385
3834Hulk Wolverine 6 Hours4$2.99Marvel40,232
3952Wolverine Xisle3$2.50Marvel40,078
4054Wolverine Xisle4$2.50Marvel39,387
4155Wolverine Xisle5$2.50Marvel39,111
4243Detective Comics781$2.75DC38,343
4357Human Torch1$2.50Marvel37,207
4437Exiles25$2.99Marvel36,516
4540Astro City Local Heroes2$2.95DC35,886
4641Thundercats Return3$2.95DC35,886
4760X-Men Unlimited43$2.50Marvel35,855
4863X-Men Unlimited45$2.50Marvel35,072
4931X-Men 2 Movie Adaptation$3.50Marvel34,949
5044Sentinel1$2.99Marvel34,919
5166Aquaman5$2.50DC34,780
5279Superman192$2.25DC34,734
5345Thor62$2.99Marvel34,734
5467X-Men Unlimited44$2.50Marvel34,581
5546Thor63$2.99Marvel34,504
5649Masters of the Universe Vol. 22$2.95Image34,443
5753G.I. Joe Frontline6$2.95Image33,905
5856Iron Man67$2.99Marvel32,569
5988Action Comics802$2.25DC32,216
6059Batgirl Year One5$2.95DC31,203
6158X-Statix10$2.99Marvel31,095
6280JLA Scary Monsters2$2.50DC31,080
6391Flash197$2.25DC30,972
6469Batman Gotham Knights40$2.75DC30,650
6581Batgirl39$2.50DC30,174
6682Hawkman14$2.50DC30,082
6794Adventures of Superman615$2.25DC29,790
6895Nightwing80$2.25DC29,590
6962Weapon X8$2.99Marvel29,467
7064X-Men Ronin3$2.99Marvel29,176
7165Captain Marvel8$2.99Marvel29,114
7268X-Men Ronin4$2.99Marvel28,608
7370Darkness Vol. 23$2.99Image28,101
7471Rising Stars Bright3$2.99Image27,993
7572Paradise X10$2.99Marvel27,932
7673Superman & Batman Generations III4$2.95DC27,886
7714Superman Red Son1$5.95DC27,655
7874Agent X10$2.99Marvel26,842
7975Alias21 (Res)$2.99Marvel26,842
8078Powers30$2.95Image26,765
8176Elektra21 (Res)$2.99Marvel26,627
8277Elektra22 (Res)$2.99Marvel26,596
83109Wonder Woman191$2.25DC25,905
8497Runaways1$2.50Marvel25,905
8598Batman Legends of the Dark Knight166$2.50DC25,736
8661Ghost in the Shell 2 Man Machine Interface3$3.50Dark Horse25,429
8799Fables12$2.50DC24,999
8883Y The Last Man10$2.95DC24,922
8984Robotech5$2.95DC24,907
90121Ultimate Adventures3$2.25Marvel24,415
9186Witchblade63$2.99Image24,369
9287Rawhide Kid4$2.99Marvel24,354
93104Batman Nevermore1$2.50DC24,170
9489Rawhide Kid5$2.99Marvel23,955
9590Star Wars Empire7$2.99Dark Horse23,863
96108Birds of Prey54$2.50DC23,586
97110Legion19$2.50DC23,279
9892Spider-Girl59$2.99Marvel23,264
99111Catwoman18$2.50DC23,264
10093Sojourn22$2.95Crossgen23,095
101123Robin113$2.25DC22,726
102116Hero3$2.50DC22,588
10324Transformers Generation One Vol. 2 Chrome Cvr1$5.95Dreamwave22,342
10496Tomb Raider29$2.99Image21,974
105128Thunderbolts78$2.25Marvel21,866
10629JLA Age of Wonder1$5.95DC21,237
107854111$3.50Marvel20,853
10838Transformers More Than Meets Eye Official Guide1$5.25Dreamwave20,577
109101Star Wars Republic52$2.99Dark Horse20,438
110102Hellboy Weird Tales2$2.99Dark Horse20,315
111106Solus2$2.95Crossgen20,223
112107Star Wars Republic53$2.99Dark Horse19,763
113113Brian Pulido Lady Death3$2.95Crossgen19,517
114114Superman Metropolis3$2.95DC19,471
115117Tom Strong20$2.95DC19,102
116115Joss Whedons Fray7$2.99Dark Horse18,964
117119Global Frequency7$2.95DC18,903
118120Liberty Meadows31$2.95Image18,811
119118Soldier X10$2.99Marvel18,749
120122Beware The Creeper1$2.95DC18,473
121134Gotham Central6$2.50DC18,396
122148Call1$2.25Marvel17,935
123191Ruse19$2.95Crossgen17,843
124141100 Bullets43$2.50DC17,321
125125Gen 138$2.95DC17,275
126105Spidey & Mini Marvels$3.50Marvel17,137
127133Hellblazer183$2.75DC16,953
128126Tomb Raider Journeys12$2.99Image16,830
129145Harley Quinn31$2.50DC16,538
130127Black Panther57$2.99Marvel16,477
131129Black Panther58$2.99Marvel16,400
132131Wildcats Version 3.09$2.95DC16,277
133132Out There17$2.95DC16,123
134162Batman Adventures Newsstand Ed1$2.25DC15,663
135135Way of the Rat12$2.95Crossgen15,555
136136Chimera3$2.95Crossgen15,494
137137Blood & Water2$2.95DC15,064
138139Brath3$2.95Crossgen14,818
139138Buffy the Vampire Slayer56$2.99Dark Horse14,787
140140Micronauts7$2.95Image14,726
141142Bone51$2.95Cartoon14,480
142112CSI4$3.99IDW14,465
143143Path14$2.95Crossgen14,450
144144Stormwatch Team Achilles10$2.95DC14,281
145172Justice League Adventures18$2.25DC14,281
146163Simpsons Comics81$2.50Bongo14,050
147164Lucifer37$2.50DC13,928
148146Scion35$2.95Crossgen13,881
149147Kiss9$2.99Dark Horse13,605
150153Power Company15$2.75DC13,452
151170Hellspawn16$2.50Image13,313
152149Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer Starring Spider-Man$2.99Marvel13,175
153171Doom Patrol19$2.50DC13,052
154150Dawn Convention Sketchbook 2003$2.95Image12,791
155182Batman613$2.25DC12,592
156151Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer Starring X-Men$2.99Marvel12,576
157152Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer Starring Hulk$2.99Marvel12,484
158100God Loves Man Kills Reprint Ed$4.99Marvel12,438
159155Negation17$2.95Crossgen12,315
160156Mystic35$2.95Crossgen12,208
161154Judge Dredd Vs Aliens Incubus2$2.99Dark Horse12,177
162157Savage Dragon106$2.95Image12,162
163158Mark of Charon2$2.95Crossgen12,146
164103Botp Battle Book$4.99Image12,131
165159Karza2$2.95Image12,100
166160First30$2.95Crossgen12,085
167161Crux25$2.95Crossgen12,039
168165Route 66611$2.95Crossgen11,701
169179Bart Simpson Comics12$2.50Bongo11,701
170166Sigil35$2.95Crossgen11,686
171167Aria Uses of Enchantment2$2.95Image11,593
172173Hunter Age of Magic22$2.75DC11,593
173168Strangers In Paradise Vol. III57$2.95Abstract11,578
174169Meridian35$2.95Crossgen11,394
175190Futurama Comics12$2.50Bongo10,641
176175Kore1$2.95Image10,534
177176Sweatshop1$2.95DC10,350
178124Shonen Jump Vol. 1$4.95Viz10,319
179183Codename Knockout23$2.75DC10,258
180178Sleeper4$2.95DC9,950
181177Spyboy 13.1 Manga Affair1$2.99Dark Horse9,935
182180Crossovers4$2.95Crossgen9,858
183181Mythstalkers1$2.95Image9,674
184130Blood Legacy Young Ones One-Shot$4.99Image9,674
185187Sandscape3$2.95Dreamwave9,306
186188Ra Salvatore Demon Wars Trial By Fire5$2.95Crossgen9,244
187186Vampirella18 Reg Ed$2.99Harris9,183
188193American Century23 (Res)$2.75DC9,091
189189Vampirella19 Reg Ed$2.99Harris8,983
190192Violent Messiahs Lamenting Pain3$2.95Image8,476
191194Automatic Kafka8$2.95DC8,277
192214Powerpuff Girls37$2.25DC8,092
19319521 Down8$2.95DC8,092
194196Defiance7$2.95Image7,985
195185Grendel God & Devil3$3.50Dark Horse7,877
196197Hawaiian Dick3$2.95Image7,801
197198Rex Mundi3$2.95Image7,785
198201Queen & Country15$2.95Oni7,309
199202Agents1$2.95Image7,279
200200Knights of the Dinner Table Mini-Series Px Sp Vol. 12$2.99Kenzer7,217
201203Oh My Goddess96 Phantom Racer (1 of 4)$2.99Dark Horse7,171
202204Heirs of Eternity1$2.95Image7,171
203205Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles9$2.95Mirage7,048
204207Jack Staff2$2.95Image6,956
205184Knights of the Dinner Table78$3.99Kenzer6,925
206210Venture3$2.95Image6,864
207208Blackburne Covenant1$2.99Dark Horse6,849
208212Blade of the Immortal Fall Frost (6 of 6)78$2.99Dark Horse6,419
209213Stray Bullets31$2.95El Capitan6,373
210215Black Sun6$2.95DC6,158
211217Strangers2$2.95Image6,019
212218Tech Jacket5$2.95Image6,004
213231Cerebus288$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim5,958
214219Firebreather4$2.95Image5,927
215232Scooby Doo71$2.25DC5,912
216209Shi Pandoras Box1$3.50Avatar5,835
217234Sonic The Hedgehog122$2.19Archie5,820
218220Grrl Scouts Work Sucks3$2.95Image5,728
219199Love & Rockets Vol. 27$3.95Fantagraphics5,666
220221Devils Footprints2$2.99Dark Horse5,574
221222Lovebunny & Mr Hell Savage Love$2.95Image5,513
222223Resistance8$2.95DC5,451
223224Mace Bounty Hunter1$2.99Image5,344
224174Super Manga Blast30$5.99Dark Horse5,267
225225Shadows2$2.95Image5,236
226238Mucha Lucha1$2.25DC5,206
227211Metal Hurlant5$3.95Humanoids4,898
228267Xin Journey Vampi Omega Preview Ed$1.99Harris4,192
229236Deathmask1$2.99Future4,131
230237Shi Illustrated Warrior7$2.99Crusade4,085
231228Gold Digger41$3.50Antarctic4,039
232240Forever Maelstrom6$2.95DC3,854
233233Warren Ellis Scars4$3.50Avatar3,777
234244Paradigm8$2.95Image3,762
235216Hero Double Feature$4.95DC3,639
236269Looney Tunes101$2.25DC3,593
237248Zen0$2.95Zen3,516
238249Goon4$2.95Albatross Exploding3,516
239230Mmh Ultimate Venom$3.99Marvel3,378
240253Courtney Crumrin & Coven of Mystics4$2.95Oni3,348
241281Archie535$2.19Archie3,225
242256Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated21$2.99Kenzer3,133
243261Boneyard10$2.95NBM3,133
244262Big Daddy Danger9$2.95DC3,086
245226Whiz Kids1$4.95Image3,056
246285Batman610$2.25DC2,979
247252Metallix4$3.50Future2,825
248289Betty & Veronica187$2.19Archie2,825
249254Freemind5$3.50Future2,795
250288Batman Gotham Adventures60$2.25DC2,749
251291Cartoon Cartoons17$2.25DC2,733
252293Betty125$2.19Archie2,687
253295Betty124$2.19Archie2,687
254297Sabrina Vol. 244$2.19Archie2,672
255259Alice In Sexland Extreme1$3.50Fantagraphics2,672
256271Radiskull & Devil Doll Radiskull Hate Love One-Shot$2.95Image2,626
257257Betty & Veronica Double Digest114$3.59Archie2,595
258300Veronica139$2.19Archie2,580
259227League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II Bumper Ed Parts 1 & 2$5.95DC2,549
260302Archie & Friends69$2.19Archie2,503
261235Ap How To Draw Manga23$4.95Antarctic2,503
262265Ninja High School105$3.50Antarctic2,472
263306Archie & Friends70$2.19Archie2,457
264280Footman 15 Fairy Fire One-Shot$2.95Bald Guy2,426
265278Three Strikes1$2.99Oni2,426
266266Archie Double Digest142$3.59Archie2,411
267307Batman612*$2.25DC2,380
268260Batman Double Feature$3.95DC2,334
269229League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II Bumper Ed Parts 3 & 4$5.95DC2,334
270311Jughead150$2.19Archie2,319
271263Counter Ops1$3.95Antarctic2,257
272241Raijin Comics17$4.95Gutsoon2,242
273270Archie Pals N Gals Double Digest75$3.59Archie2,242
274242Raijin Comics18$4.95Gutsoon2,242
275243Raijin Comics19$4.95Gutsoon2,242
276312Wonder Woman190$2.25DC2,242
277245Raijin Comics20$4.95Gutsoon2,227
278320Archie Mysteries27$2.19Archie2,180
279247Art & Beauty2$4.95Fantagraphics2,134
280275Silencers1$3.50Moonstone2,134
281321Amazing Spider-Man51$2.25Marvel2,104
282273Jugheads Double Digest94$3.59Archie2,104
283315Betty & Veronica Digest138$2.39Archie2,088
284279Ghost in the Shell 2 Man Machine Interface2 New Ptg$3.50Dark Horse2,058
285296Joss Whedons Fray4$2.99Dark Horse1,966
286284Genus58$3.50Radio1,950
287239Zatanna Everyday Magic$5.95DC1,935
288272Mmh Ultimate War$3.99Marvel1,935
289324Laugh Digest183$2.39Archie1,919
290323Supergirl80$2.50DC1,873
291276Young Witches Vol. 5 Legacy5$3.95Fantagraphics1,843
292277Jaguar God Return To Xibalba$3.95Verotik1,843
293308Hsu & Chan2$2.95Slave Labor1,812
294332Jughead W/Archie Digest183$2.39Archie1,781
295264Artbabe Presents La Perdida3$4.95Fantagraphics1,751
296283Ghost in the Shell 2 Man Machine Interface1$3.99Dark Horse1,735
297313Thieves & Kings41$2.95I Box1,704
298294Dragon Arms5$3.50Antarctic1,689
299314Joss Whedons Fray5$2.99Dark Horse1,674
300286Neotopia3$3.95Antarctic1,612




April 2003 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

The first Batman Hush hardcover helped graphic novel sales to a strong year-over-year increase.

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
13Batman Hush HC$19.95DC7,325
22Orbiter HC$24.95DC7,248
31Hellboy Art of Mike Mignola HC$49.95Dark Horse5,374
416Ultimate X-Men Vol. 5 Ultimate War$10.99Marvel4,561
514Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 Transfer of Power$12.99Marvel4,407
68Green Arrow Quiver$17.95DC4,146
710League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Book One$14.95DC4,115
811JSA Vol. 4 Fair Play$14.95DC4,023
915Star Wars Infinities Empire Strikes Back$12.95Dark Horse3,916
107Star Wars A Long Time Ago Vol. 5 Fools Bounty$29.95Dark Horse3,440
1131Cowboy Bebop Shooting Stars Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop3,332
1212Lucifer Vol. 4 Divine Comedy$17.95DC3,317
1317Super Friends Truth Justice & Peace$14.95DC3,286
1413Batman Harvest Breed SC$17.95DC3,225
159Alias Vol. 1$19.99Marvel3,133
1620Metropolis$13.95Dark Horse3,117
1721Batman Adventures Dangerous Dames & Demons$14.95DC2,887
184Will Eisners Spirit Archives Vol. 10 HC$49.95DC2,703
1924Xenozoic Tales Vol. 1$14.95Dark Horse2,672
2061Kolchak Night Stalker Lambs To Slaughter$6.95Moonstone2,595
2130Captain Marvel Vol. 1 Nothing To Lose$12.99Marvel2,580
2227Transformers Armada Vol. 1$13.95Dreamwave2,549
2344Inu Yasha Vol. 13$8.95Viz2,503
2432X2 Movie$12.99Marvel2,503
2518Fantastic Four Vol. 1 Imaginauts$17.99Marvel2,488
2634Peter Parker Spider-Man Vol. 4 Trials & Tribulations$11.99Marvel2,488
2728Hulk Legends Vol. 1 Hulk/Wolverine 6 Hrs$13.99Marvel2,472
2829Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 3$13.95Comicsone2,472
295Legion of Super Heroes Archives Vol. 12 HC$49.95DC2,442
301930 Days of Night$17.99IDW2,426
316Justice League of America Archives Vol. 8 HC$49.95DC2,365
3243Cardcaptor Sakura Master of the Clow Vol. 4$9.99Tokyopop2,334
3362Forge #13$7.95Crossgen2,273
3422Mac Raboy Flash Gordon Vol. 1$19.95Dark Horse2,119
3547Marmalade Boy Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop2,088
3665Vector #13$7.95Crossgen2,073
3749Chobits Vol. 5$9.99Tokyopop2,042
3833Path Vol. 2 Blood On Snow$15.95Crossgen1,904
3955Fushigi Yugi Vol. 8 Friend$9.95Viz1,889
4060Kodocha Vol. 6 Sanas Stage$9.99Tokyopop1,827
4138Essential Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 New Ptg$14.99Marvel1,827
4226Adam Strange Man of thewo Worlds$19.95DC1,812
4335Route 666 Vol. 1 Highway of Horror$15.95Crossgen1,797
4463Tokyo Mew Mew Vol. 1$9.99Tokyopop1,751
4545Y The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.95DC1,704
4642Shadow Star Nothing But Truth$14.95Dark Horse1,628
4770Ranma 1/2 Vol. 22$9.95Viz1,597
4841Negation Vol. 2 Baptism of Fire$15.95Crossgen1,536
4950Modern Masters Volume 1 Alan Davis$12.95Two Morrows1,520
5025Wizard Alex Ross Millennium HC Updated Ltd Ed$24.99Wizard1,489